With a weight of only 50 grams and a height of 10 cm, dzhungariki tirelessly delight the owners with their cheerful disposition, funny behavior and extraordinary mobility. Very often on the forums you can find disappointed messages from those who they already lived with: “My hamster died after 2 weeks”, “Mine – after six months”, etc..
Shortened life time is associated with several factors:
buying a sick animal.
How to understand whether a Dzungarian hamster is healthy at the time of purchase?
Pay attention to the coat – it should be well-groomed, without bald patches..
The animal must be active and mobile..
The hamster’s nose should be slightly damp, without any serious discharge..
No chromate should be observed.
Eyes should be dry and clean, not too bulging..
The area around the anus should be dry.
Before buying, you need to ask the seller what the animal was fed, how it was looked after. One may ask, “How many Dzungarian hamsters live?” If the seller is hiding the truth from you, deliberately underestimating the average age, and also gives incomplete information about the maintenance and care – it is better to buy the baby in another place.
How to keep a hamster so that he lives longer?
When you stand in front of the cage and choose a Dzungarian hamster, you want to buy a couple. After all, they are small, how much do they need? Only here experts recommend still dwell on one thing. Or buy two, but put them in different cells. In addition, constant fights outside the territory will only shorten the lives of pets, and not cheer them up.
As for the cell, the size 50–30 cm is considered optimal for it, but no less than that. Such a space will allow the pet to move freely and establish everything necessary for maintenance. The rods should be horizontal – the hamster climbs them.
In the cage there should be: a drinking bowl (small so that the animal does not drown in it), a feeder, a wheel, a house. In addition, you can put a tunnel for running, a bath of sand for swimming. The filler can be very different, sometimes even cat fillers are used. What you can’t categorically do is put cotton – the hamster can eat it and die.
Make room for the animal. His cell should not stand close to the battery, nor should he live in the vicinity of noisy technical devices (including a TV). In addition, dzhungariki do not tolerate direct sunlight.
The hamster can be accustomed to the toilet (walk only at a certain angle). In this case, it will be enough to clean the entire area every three to four days, and the toilet – every day. The cell will have to be washed once every 1-1.5 months.
Nutrition and life expectancy of Dzungarian hamsters
Complete nutrition of hamsters includes adapted feeds that are sold in specialized stores, fresh vegetables and fruits (onions, garlic, cabbage, citrus fruits are strictly forbidden). Jungariks need protein, so several times a week their diet should include chicken, cottage cheese, boiled egg.
The hamster must have water. You need to change it every two or three days, regardless of whether he drank it or not.
And despite how many these wonderful Dzungarian hamsters live, it’s worth buying them at least for the sake of those happy moments that they will give you.